Monthly Archives: October 2010

Funny Friday (7) Monty Python’s Fruit Sketch

It’s taken a while, but I’m finally working through the Monty Python DVDs my brother bought me last Christmas. This is one of my favourite sketches that I’ve seen so far: Not only funny, but educational too.

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Child benefit, sofa government and the principle of universalism

Philip Hammond defended the decision to remove universal child benefit as showing that the Conservatives are the natural party of government. The basis for this questionable logic was that the Tories were happy to take tough, correct but unpopular decisions … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Guardian’s Tea Party blogger

I asked Danielle Blake to write something on Lloyd Marcus blogging for the Guardian ahead of the November mid-term elections. The fact that it’s been so late in being put up here is because of my uselessness, not hers. Danielle … Continue reading

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Why Ginsters pasties prove that the spending cuts won’t work

Two seemingly trivial stories that appeared in the newspapers a few weeks ago actually could be of profound significance given the CSR (Comprehensive Spending Review) last week. The first involves clotted cream taking a 340-mile round trip to end up in a … Continue reading

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More proof, if any were needed, that we are awesome

I entered Channel 4’s Britain’s Best young blogger competition, and Paperback Rioter got highly commended. Really chuffed at this. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog, and especially Hannah, who writes some pretty awesome stuff for it. I suppose this … Continue reading

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Your indispensable tool for coping with the spending cuts

If you think today was a tough, depressing day, just think how gruelling the next few years will be when these hypothetical cuts become reality. I therefore propose that whenever you get too stressed, angry or upset about the spending … Continue reading

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Thank you all

I can hardly not blog on today, of all days, if I am to call myself a political blogger. But there’s so much noise going on about the spending review, there seems little point in adding my voice to it. … Continue reading

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